Saturday, 17 December 2016
Wow what a crazy year! It's been such a busy few weeks with Christmas and getting ready for the last market and last exhibition of the year. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported all the local artists and designers at the Aspire Gallery's inaugural Christmas market in Paddington. It was great to be able to share my kids designs as well as my fine art work in the gallery. And thanks to everyone who has support creative monsoon and my fine art this year. I've got lots of plans for 2017 including a whole new range to work on! More on that in the months to come.
So enjoy your holidays and see you in the New Year!
Posted by Jenn at 16:16
Monday, 31 October 2016
Through November if you head to Brisbane's Ashgrove Library you can see a selection of my children's illustrations. (In fact it's been there already for a couple of weeks. It just happens someone pulled out of last months slot.) The Ashgrove Library seemed like a nice spot to show off my kids artwork which I started last year. I began going to the library with my little boy every week when he was 6mths for the babies, books and rhymes. Pretty soon I was creating fun and colourful illustrations inspired by the songs, rhymes and the books borrowed. Today I'm happy to say it's my full time job. So if you're in the Ashgrove area pop in and take a look.
All works are for sale. Framed versions can be picked up after the exhibition from Bardon in December, or I can drop them off locally. Prints are always available at www.creative-monsoon.com
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Ashgrove Library is located at 87 Amarina Ave, Ashgrove QLD
|You are out of this World|
|Shine Like Only You Can|
|You make me Happy when Skies are Grey|
|Shine Bright Diamond|
|You are Purrfect|
|Mirror Mirror Giraffe|
|Reach for the Stars Giraffe|
Posted by Jenn at 18:14
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Friday, 7 October 2016
This month I'll be taking part in another group art exhibition, Elemental Brisbane at the Reverse Emporium in Woolloongabba.
The exhibition celebrates the works artists create using elements from the waste stream, PAPER, METAL, WOOD AND FIBER as the raw materials for their art. I have several pieces including some new collage landscapes made using elements such as wallpaper offcuts, recycled marketing material and of course, my favourite security envelope lining.
Recycled paper, wallpaper, acrylic paint and pen on reclaimed board
Recycled paper, wallpaper, acrylic paint and security envelope lining on reclaimed board
Recycled paper, map, acrylic paint and security envelope lining on reclaimed board
Opening night is October 15th with live music, a re-fashion parade, late-night shopping in the Woolloongabba Warehouse, food and drinks and celebrations. Elemental Brisbane will continue with two weeks of exhibitor master-class workshops as well as a team marble run challenge on Saturday October 22.
Reverse Emporium is located at 20 Burke St, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Australia
Acrylic paint and security envelope lining on board
Friday, 23 September 2016
This month you can find more of my work at the Aspire Gallery in Brisbane's Paddington as part of Delicate Emotive. A group exhibition where the emphasis of the work is emotion and delicateness. 'Reflective Rose' (above) 9x11" original digital mixed media on board.
'Daisy Chain' 8x8" original digital mixed media on board
'Crushed blue rose' 8x8" original digital mixed media on board
The works are a mix of vintage graphics, found paper, antique maps, encaustic and watercolour effects and of course some security envelope lining. Printed with archival inks onto acid free and recycled paper.
You can see the exhibition at Aspire Gallery,
54 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane until 8th October
Thursday, 4 August 2016
If you follow any of my social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram, you've probably noticed a lot of blue and white lately. Last month I was busy getting ready for a group exhibition at the Aspire Gallery in Brisbane's Paddington. The theme was 'comforts of home' and I took it as an opportunity to resurrect some old ways of working as wall as learning some new skills.Having spent a significant portion of my life travelling I was interested in exploring what images might represent home when I've had so many different ones. I decided to narrow it down the most recent few cities, adopting a very homely subject of chintz fabric, patchwork and china plates.
Using different floral and bird motifs I created individual artworks to represent a home city and country. The passion fruit to me is Brisbane, Sydney the frangipani, London a rose and Wellington a Kawhai. The birds are a Rainbow Lorikeet for Australia, Wren for England and Tui for New Zealand.
Using antique illustrations as a starting point I recreated the flowers and birds from security envelope lining, then grouped them together to form a chintz 'fabric' pattern. It was my first attempt at making a repeatable pattern and is definitely something I'd like to try again.
I printed the pattern in large format then cut it into piece along with more security envelope lining to create a large paper patchwork. I then went back to the individual floral images and created blue and white china plate designs. It was nice to go back to working with porcelain again, something I used to use a lot in my NZ gallery. This time rather than hand painting I was able to transfer my designs directly from the printer onto the plates. There are also limited edition prints of these pieces on lovely glossy paper.
You can see the real things at the Aspire Gallery until 20th August at 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington. Limited edition prints are available through artfinder.com
Saturday, 23 July 2016
Make For Good is coming back.
Last year you might remember I participated in the #makeforgood campaign with etsy and Plan International Australia. This year it will be running again and the theme is "Create Brighter Futures" so who better to add to the campaign than my futures so bright koala! Last year more than $30,000 was raised fro Plan International to support Because I Am A Girl helping girls learn, lead, decide and thrive.
The campaign kicks off 6th September and I'll be donating 50% of sales from Your Futures So Bright Koala print and hopefully adding a few new speical pieces too.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
|Tapu Te Ranga Gallery pic via Facebook|
Wow this brings back a few memories! My very first home and my old gallery Art Space Island Bay in Wellington, New Zealand is back as a gallery again! So great to see. My old home has had a few different incarnations since I sold it in 2005 - an antique store and fashion boutique. Island Bay is such a lovely spot and the locals were always so supportive of my work. My time in New Zealand is still a big influence on my art, especially when it comes to landscapes.
The crazy thing is the new gallery owner used to run a gallery there in the 90s! Sounds like 139 The Parade has always had a creative history. I have a lot of fond memories of Wellington and this house - hey its where I met my hubby! But this picture does also bring back memories of scrubbing that floor after weeks of painstakingly removing 1950s plastic tiles. Ahhhh my first attempts at DIY. I'd love to know what the rest of the building looks like inside - wondering if my purple textured bedroom walls and bright blue bathroom ceiling are still there :)
So if you're in Wellington pop in a say hi to the new artists and give my old home a hug for me.
Posted by Jenn at 12:53
Thursday, 30 June 2016
|'Night - misty lake' digital mixed media print|
|'Day' digital mixed media print|
June has been a very busy month settling back in after our trip to NZ. This month I finished off two new pieces created for a Brisbane group exhibition, Foot Square at the Aspire Gallery in Paddington, and won the voters choice award!
This months I put together two new digital mixed media landscapes - night and day. The only limit to entries for the competition was each piece must be under a foot square which produced a fantastic range of themes and works for the exhibition.
The starting point for each work was a mountain range made from torn pieces of security envelope lining then many layers of texture, colour washes and more images were added. For example in 'Night' the moon is a frying pan and the night sky a close up shot of tree bark.
Each was printed with archival inks onto my favourite acid free 100% recycled consumer paper, then mounted to board for a special edition print. There are limited edition unmounted versions 12x12" and 8x8" available from my shops fine art section and on artfinder.com
Opening night was a great turn out, so many different styles and ideas. The works were exhibited next to my synthetic scene photography piece too, and best of all they won the voters choice award for the publics favourite work! You'll be able to find these work at the Aspire Gallery Paddington for the next few months.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
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Monday, 2 May 2016
This month I'll be taking part in the SNAP16 exhibition at the Aspire Gallery with my latest piece 'synthetic scene'
The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the work of photographers often shunned by many in the artworld for not being true artist. Anybody who vists SNAP16, a new Paddington exhibition can see that’s a lie.
SNAP16 is a collection of photographers of both international and local recognition who know their way around a camera.
SNAP16 is open to the public from the 4th to 21st May at Aspire Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane and showcases a real variety of photographic talent and skill.
53 Kennedy Terrace
10x8 and 11x14" prints are available through artfinder.com
Sunday, 14 February 2016
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Happy Australia Day! Thought I should share an update on a little project I started last year, a collection of Aussie birds and animal illustrations for the nursery or a kids bedroom.
To start with I do loads of quick sketches looking a photos to help determine what are the key shapes and positionings I want to go with. Add some colour with pen and then rework them on the computer.
I've got a long way to go before I've got a full set of Australian birds and animals, but so far I couldn't be happier with these guys. Prints are available from creative monsoon on etsy and down that little lane.
Posted by Jenn at 17:42
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Prints available through artfind and etsy
Posted by Jenn at 20:58